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BARK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bark mean? 

BARK (noun)
  The noun BARK has 4 senses:

1. tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
2. a noise resembling the bark of a dog
3. a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts
4. the sound made by a dog

  Familiarity information: BARK used as a noun is uncommon.


BARK (verb)
  The verb BARK has 5 senses:

1. speak in an unfriendly tone
2. cover with bark
3. remove the bark of a tree
4. make barking sounds
5. tan (a skin) with bark tannins

  Familiarity information: BARK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


BARK (noun)


Sense 1bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("bark" is a kind of...):

cover; covering; natural covering (a natural object that covers or envelops)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bark"):

angostura; angostura bark (the bitter bark of a South American tree; used in medicines and liqueurs and bitters)

tapa; tapa bark; tappa; tappa bark (the thin fibrous bark of the paper mulberry and Pipturus albidus)

winter's bark (aromatic bark having tonic and stimulant properties)

cascara; cascara sagrada; chittam bark; chittem bark (dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative)

cork; phellem ((botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells)

cascarilla bark; eleuthra bark; sweetwood bark (aromatic bark of cascarilla; used as a tonic and for making incense)

cinchona; cinchona bark; Jesuit's bark; Peruvian bark (medicinal bark of cinchona trees; source of quinine and quinidine)

canella; canella bark; white cinnamon (highly aromatic inner bark of the Canella winterana used as a condiment and a tonic)

mezereum (the dried bark of the shrub mezereon)

tanbark (bark rich in tannin; bruised and cut in pieces to use for tanning; spent tanbark used as a ground covering)

magnolia (dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine)

cinnamon bark (aromatic bark of Saigon cinnamon used medicinally as a carminative)

cassia bark; Chinese cinnamon (aromatic bark of the cassia-bark tree; less desirable as a spice than Ceylon cinnamon bark)

cinnamon; cinnamon bark (aromatic bark used as a spice)

cork (outer bark of the cork oak; used for stoppers for bottles etc.)

Holonyms ("bark" is a part of...):

bole; tree trunk; trunk (the main stem of a tree; usually covered with bark; the bole is usually the part that is commercially useful for lumber)

branch (a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant)

root ((botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground)


Sense 2bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A noise resembling the bark of a dog

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("bark" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))


Sense 3bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

barque; bark

Hypernyms ("bark" is a kind of...):

sailing ship; sailing vessel (a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts)


Sense 4bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sound made by a dog

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("bark" is a kind of...):

cry (the characteristic utterance of an animal)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bark"):

bow-wow (the bark of a dog)


BARK (verb)


Sense 1bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak in an unfriendly tone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She barked into the dictaphone

Hypernyms (to "bark" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They bark that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with bark

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "bark" is one way to...):

cover (provide with a covering or cause to be covered)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the bark of a tree

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

bark; skin

Hypernyms (to "bark" is one way to...):

strip (remove the surface from)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They bark the trees


Sense 4bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make barking sounds

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The dogs barked at the stranger

Hypernyms (to "bark" is one way to...):

emit; let loose; let out; utter (express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bark"):

bay; quest (bark with prolonged noises, of dogs)

yap; yelp; yip (bark in a high-pitched tone)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5bark [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tan (a skin) with bark tannins

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "bark" is one way to...):

tan (treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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